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Thumby is a $19 (barely) playable game console for a keychain (Crowdfunding)

Thumby is a tiny game console designed to look like a classic Game Boy, but smaller. Way smaller. Designed to fit on a keychain, the entire game console is smaller than the screens on most other micro-consoles. But Thumby is still a playable console that comes with five free and open source games pre-installed, with support […]

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Playdate is up for pre-order, ships in late 2021 (handheld gaming with a hand-crank)

It’s 2021 and some handheld gaming devices have OLED displays. Others are basically full-fledged PCs running Windows or Linux. And others… have a black and white display and a hand crank. The Playdate is an unusual gaming device first unveiled in 2019, and after it’s finally available for pre-order for $179. The first batch of […]

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Atari VCS Linux-based game console hits stores June 15 for $300 and up

The Atari VCS is a modern game console with a retro-inspired look, a Linux-based operating system, and the guts of an inexpensive computer. Designed for playing classic games as well as some newer titles, you can also use it like a cheap Linux desktop PC. First launched through a crowdfunding campaign in 2018, the Atari […]

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Lilbits: Nintendo Switch 4K, Qualcomm’s Switch knockoff, and Intel’s 7nm chips

Rumor has it that Nintendo plans to launch a new version of its popular Switch game console later this year. We’d previously heard that it could have a bigger, better screen and support for 4K video output to an external display. Now Bloomberg reports that Nintendo plans to use a new NVIDIA processor with improved […]

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Play Game Boy cartridges on your TV with RetroN Sq (up for pre-order now, ships in March)

The RetroN Sq started as a joke. In 2017 gaming accessory maker Hyperkin tweeted a drawing of a device that would let you play games from Game Boy cartridges on a TV. But that tweet came out ahead of April Fools’ Day and the company initially had no plans to release a real product with […]

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Atari VCS game console is now shipping (It’s real and it… needs software updates)

The Atari VCS is a modern take on a classic game console. With a design inspired by the 1980s-era Atari 2600, the new version is designed to play games designed for the original as well as newer titles. And it can do a lot more. Under the hood, the Atari VCS is basically a Linux […]

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Nintendo Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros hacked on day one (Yes, it plays DOOM)

Nintendo’s latest retro game console is a handheld game system designed to run just a few games. The Super Mario Bros Game & Watch is a modern take on the original Game & Watch line of single-game handhelds that were released in Japan 40 years ago. First announced in September, the new model sells for […]

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Sony PlayStation 5 coming in November for $500(or digital edition for $400)

The Sony PlayStation 5 is coming in November and it’ll sell for $500. That’s the same month and the same price as the recently announced Xbox Series X. And like Microsoft’s game console, there will be a cheaper digital-only version of the PlayStation 5 that lacks a disc drive. But the Sony Playstation 5 Digital […]

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$299 Xbox One S and $499 Xbox One X coming in November (pre-order Sept 22)

It’s been nearly six month since Microsoft revealed detailed specs for the Xbox Series X game console. Now the company has also revealed the price, release date, and… a cheaper model called the Xbox Series S. The new game consoles go up for pre-order September 22, 2020 for $499 and $299, respectively. And they should […]

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Intellivision Amico game console launch pushed back to April 2021

The upcoming Intellivision Amico is designed to be a new game console that draws inspiration from classic consoles… like the original Intellivision which was first released in 1979. Intellivision Entertainment first unveiled plans to release the new system in late 2018, and it was originally scheduled for release in October, 2020. The global pandemic has […]